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Barking mixed-use regeneration approved despite 'unacceptable' lack of affordable homes

Barking mixed-use regeneration approved despite 'unacceptable' lack of affordable homes

Plans have been approved for a major mixed-use regeneration scheme in east London which could provide up to 900 homes, despite the developer's 'unacceptable' claim that no affordable housing can be provided as the scheme is not currently viable.

Smart cities body announces funding to drive planning innovation

Smart cities body announces funding to drive planning innovation

A government-backed centre of excellence in urban innovation has announced £100,000 of funding for small businesses to demonstrate how 'user focused design, data and digital innovation' can improve the UK planning system.

Javid approves Lancashire edge-of-town supermarket

Javid approves Lancashire edge-of-town supermarket

The communities secretary has approved plans for a supermarket on the edge of Southport in Lancashire, after he agreed with an inspector that the scheme's 'impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre would not be significantly adverse'.

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Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

A commitment in the Queen's Speech to push forward with a roll-out of driverless cars, also known as autonomous vehicles, could have huge implications for planners and place-making, according to experts.

Why the High Court ruled that a council's £170,000 CIL demand was unlawful

Why the High Court ruled that a council's £170,000 CIL demand was unlawful

A High Court ruling confirms that town halls cannot group planning permissions together when deciding whether development should be charged the Community Infrastructure Levy, according to legal experts.

The implications of Sunday trading plans for town centre vitality

The implications of Sunday trading plans for town centre vitality

Some town centres could benefit more than others as a result of plans to devolve decision-making for setting Sunday trading hours to local authorities, practitioners have said.

Why parish-level planners in Milton Keynes are locked in dispute with their council

Why parish-level planners in Milton Keynes are locked in dispute with their council

90,000 people backed the neighbourhood plan for central Milton Keynes. But its authors say the borough ignored the plan in approving a shopping centre extension. By Winnie Agbonlahor.


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